Timberland High School’s softball team carved out a historic spring on the diamond, going 17-4 with a region championship and the program’s first-ever postseason district title.
The Lady Wolves ended the postseason in the Lower State final four tournament with losses to East Clarendon (14-7) and Latta (9-4) on May 4 and May 6.
“I’m very pleased with what we did and what we accomplished,” THS coach Ben Lailson said.
There is good reason to believe more accomplishments are coming down the pike in the near future. Lailson’s squad brings back everybody, literally. Not one player graduates, and the vast majority will be back for multiple seasons.
A productive offseason in terms of repetitions and some physical development would launch Timberland into the state championship conversation.
“I think we have the potential to get there,” Lailson said. “I think with what we did this year, it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. The drive will be there. Motivating them will not be a problem.”
This year’s juniors — shortstop Tori Rose (.434), third baseman Payton Sillanpaa (.350) and centerfielder Brooke Moody (.618) — move into senior leadership roles in 2020.
“It will be interesting and it will be fun,” Lailson said. “There will be some competition at spots.”
Eighth-grader Abby Prince will return inside the circle and led the team in hitting with a .647 batting average. Older sister Gracie Prince, a sophomore, is on the other end of the battery. She was the third-leading hitter with a .524 batting average.
Sophomore Hayley Gaskins (.356) and seventh-grader Madison Graham will be back at first base and second base.
Eighth-grader Emily Dawson and freshman Mattigan Nettles (.375) will return at the corner outfield spots.
Sophomore Alayna Martin (.375), sophomore Rebekah Wyndham, eighth grader Peyton Waddy and seventh grader Jordan Carr are additional contributors who can come back in 2020.